Nicolas Aube-Kubel brings a different kind of intensity to the Maple Leafs lineup

Over the last few seasons, the Maple Leafs’ fourth line has featured grit and skill over everything else, but that’s about to change a little bit with the addition of Nicolas Aube-Kubel.
He began the 2021-22 campaign with the Philadelphia Flyers, being in the organization since being drafted by them back in 2014. The 26-year-old spent four seasons in the NHL on the Flyers, leaving the organization with 50 points in 169 games.
Aube-Kubel was placed on waivers back in November by Philadelphia — only seven games into the 2021 season. 24 hours later, he was a part of the Colorado Avalanche, and well, the rest is history.
He won the Stanley Cup, dropped the Stanley Cup, and then signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Maple Leafs. Everything you’d want in a player, right?
The 26-year-old, in 67 games with the Avalanche, was able to put up 22 points before the regular season came to a close. But his impact doesn’t come from being on the score sheet — it’s from his commitment to being a very difficult player to go up …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs select Nikita Grebenkin with the 135th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

With their fourth selection of the 2022 NHL Draft, the Leafs have selected overaged forward Nikita Grebenkin out of Magnitogorsk’s system.

Welcome to Toronto, Nikita#NHLDraft | #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022

Grebenkin is a 6’2″, 176 pound forward who got into just one game at the KHL level last season but put up 17 goals and 47 assists in 58 MHL games. He is a skilled and dynamic forward with good vision who played with 2022 first-rounder Danila Yurov. His puck skills are his greatest attribute as he has the ability to create chances for his teammates by opening up space and beating defenders one-on-one. There is still room for him to improve his play away from the puck but this is the kind of high-upside swing we have come to expect from Kyle Dubas and his staff in the middle rounds of the draft.

#Leafs take LW Nikita Grebyonkin with the 135th overall pick. Overage Russian who had elite playmaking results in the junior league, a high shot rate that imply more goal upside, and was superb two-way. Don’t really know until he plays pro though, listed at 6’2
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) July 8, 2022

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Leafs’ 2022 NHL Draft picks.
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